'Like the Cavalry': Operation Blessing Races in to Help Woman Hospitalized by Mold from Hurricane Florence
- [Narrator] When JuliaMcGrith returned to New Burn,
North Carolina after Hurricane Florence,
she didn't realize how much damage
had been done to her home.
- My thought was my house had survived.
I could mop up the floors,I could wash down things,
and I could stay here.
- [Narrator] But she couldn't.
The two to three feetof floodwater had ruined
almost everything she owned.
- The refrigerator, thestove, my deep freezer,
it stopped working completely.
Dry wall has to be removed.
Cabinets have to be removed,the bottom cabinets.
I was looking at thingsthat I thought I could keep
and come to find out, even if it dry out,
the mold will still be there.
- [Narrator] She salvaged a few things
and put them in storage.
After just a few days,
the mold actually landedJulia in the hospital
with breathing trouble.
- I just wanted to holler and scream.
- [Narrator] When she heard
about Operation Blessing'sdisaster relief efforts,
and we sent a team out tohelp, things started to change.
- Like a calvary.
They come in ready to workand they did. (laughing)
- [Narrator] We movedcabinets, took out drywall,
and got everything ready forJulia's house to be dried out,
so she can eventually moveback home without worrying
about mold or breathing problems.
- It's like kind of a burden been lifted.
It just gave me relief.
It gave me some relief and happiness,
because things are on theway to getting back on track.
- [Narrator] Julia wantsto make sure others get
the same help she got.
- Continue your donationsbecause it is really needed
to keep Operation Blessing working,
because they don't only do this for us,
they do it for every disaster.
And the people that's in thedisaster, really needs that.
Thank you all and thank God for ya.